Rank 'Em: Top Boston sports moments of '13
Boston sports fans saw it all this year, including the city's eighth victory parade since 2001. Here are our top 13 moments of what was a 2013 marked by tragedy and triumph. How did we do with our list? Rank them yourself below.
Top Boston sports moments of '13
Big Papi's grand slam
David Ortiz's eighth-inning grand slam in Game 2 of the ALCS was a turning point in so many ways. Besides upending Torii Hunter, it also tied the game and paved the way for a crucial Sox victory that tied the series and flipped momentum. Meanwhile, bullpen cop Steve Horgan became a local celebrity with his unabashed expression of shock and giddiness that captured Red Sox Nation's joy.
Red Sox rolling rally
Duck boats carried Red Sox players across the Boston Marathon finish line during the rolling rally to celebrate the World Series championship. Moments earlier, the caravan of vehicles stopped to pay tribute to the victims, and Jonny Gomes and Jarrod Saltalamacchia placed the trophy on the finish line while holding "BOSTON STRONG" jerseys.
Final out of World Series
The Red Sox beat the Cardinals in six games to capture their third championship in 10 seasons -- and their first World Series clincher at Fenway since 1918. The victory capped off an amazing and unlikely worst-to-first turnaround. Said series MVP David Ortiz: "Winning this World Series is special. I think it might be the most special out of all the World Series that I have been a part of."
Victorino's grand slam
Shane Victorino's grand slam in Game 6 of the ALCS rocked the nervous Fenway crowd into joyous hysteria. The blast sealed a 5-2 Sox victory and their first trip to the World Series since '07. Before each Fenway at-bat, fans in unison serenaded him with a Bob Marley tune: "Don't worry about a thing, 'cause every little thing gonna be all right."
An anthem to remember
It was just two days after the Boston Marathon bombings, and Rene Rancourt knew this national anthem would be different. After an emotion-packed ceremony, the Garden became silent as a "Boston Strong"-themed video played. Then, Rancourt started to sing and asked the crowd to join him, which it did, loudly.
'This is our f---ing city!'
Five days after the bombings rocked the Boston Marathon, the Sox returned to Fenway and held a poignant pregame ceremony. It was a stirring scene, but what might be most memorable was David Ortiz's short and pointed address to the emotional crowd: "This is our f---ing city, And nobody is going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong."
B's sweep Pens for shot at Cup
Buoyed by Tuukka Rask's epic playoff run, the Bruins stunned the star-studded Penguins with a sweep in the Eastern Conference finals to move on to the Stanley Cup finals. Adam McQuaid scored the winning goal and earned the Bruins' coveted Army Ranger jacket given out by the players after every victory.
B's rally, beat Leafs in Gm. 7
Down three goals midway through the third period, the Bruins pulled off a remarkable 5-4 comeback OT victory over the Maple Leafs in Game 7 of their playoff series, sending Boston into the Eastern Conference semis. Patrice Bergeron scored the game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation and then the winner in overtime.
Pats' comeback of the year
After being down 24-0 at the half against the visiting Broncos, Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes against a biting 22 mph wind and led the Patriots to a thrilling 34-31 overtime victory over Peyton Manning.
Pats' last-second win
Capping a 73-second, seven-play, 70-yard drive with no timeouts, Kenbrell Thompkins caught a Tom Brady pass in the end zone with five seconds left to lift New England over the undefeated Saints 30-27 at Gillette. Turns out it was just one of several dramatic comebacks that Brady engineered in the 2013 season.
Campbell's injury ignites B's
The B's beat the Pens 2-1 in double OT to go up 3-0 in the conference finals, but the story of the night was Gregory Campbell. The veteran forward suffered a broken right fibula when he laid out to block a nasty slap shot but returned to his feet and fought the Pens a full minute in obvious pain before hobbling off the ice.
Celtics hire Brad Stevens
After Doc Rivers' messy departure, the Celtics shocked many by hiring 36-year-old Brad Stevens away from Butler, where he led the Bulldogs to back-to-back national championship game appearances. Stevens, who signed a six-year, $22 million contract, was hailed by Celtics general manager Danny Ainge as "a great leader."
UMass hoops cracks Top 25
After a 6-0 start, the UMass men's hoops team made the Top 25 of the AP poll for the first time since 1998. The Minutemen are currently 10-1 and are drawing comparisons to the 1995-96 team led by Marcus Camby.
Harvard in NCAA tourney
Harvard advanced to the round of 32 with a win over No. 3 seed New Mexico in the second round of the NCAA tournament.